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Wednesday, 23 November 1938


Mr Badman n asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

Will he have the manuscript used by Mr. Brigden, Chairman of the National Insurance Commission, in his talks over the Australian Broadcasting Commission's network on difficult points of national insurance, printed and published in booklet form for the use of members of Parliament and approved societies?


Mr Casey - In reply I wish to inform the honorable gentleman that all the points on questions of insurability, discussed by the Chairman of the National Insurance Commission in his talks over the broadcasting network, are contained in an additional part now about to be printed, of a booklet entitled A Guide to Insurability, the second edition of which, including the part on Special Classes of Employment, referred to, will be issued by the commission at an early date. Supplies of this booklet will be made available to approved societies, and I shall take steps to see that each member of Parliament obtains a copy also.

On Wednesday, the 23rd November, the honorable member for Maribyrnong (Mr. Drakeford) said that a fortnight previously, he had asked me for information regarding the number of appointments to the staff of the National Insurance Commission and the departments from which the appointees had been drawn.

In answer to a question asked by the honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Makin) on the 16th November, I furnished information as to the number of persons engaged at that date with the National Insurance Branch and the departments from which they had been transferred. That information appears at page 1576 of Hansard.

Manufacture of Munitions: Housing for Employees.


Mr Street t. - On the 18th November the honorable member for Parramatta (Sir Frederick Stewart) asked the following question, without notice -

When plans are being formulated for the housing of plant and equipment at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory and other munitions factories will consideration also be given to the need to provide housing accommodation for the employees?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable member that during the war it was decided to build 100 houses at Lithgow for employees of the Small Arms Factory, but ever since then there has been great difficulty in getting purchasers and tenants. Since Hoskins iron works were removed to Port Kembla and some of the coal mines were closed, much residential property at Lithgow has been unsaleable. It is not considered necessary for the Commonwealth to provide further housing at Lithgow, nor is it considered necessary to make provision at other centres.







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